In recent months, McPherson Square had hosted a tent city set up by
those evicted by Mayor Bowser's sweeps of so many other camps. On Feb
15, US Park Police and biohazard-suited trash collectors Stormed
McPherson and destroyed the tent city, evicting everyone and arresting
two people who stood their ground.
This date was moved up from April 15 at the request of the usual
anti-unhoused, racist and classist real estate and upscale business
interests who control the Mayor and the city government. The date was
moved no doubt because wealthy and middle class office workers etc were
afraid to eat their lunch in McPherson Square. That would be the
"imminent hazard" city officials were yakking about. A real imminent
hazard now exists: many former residents of the McPherson Sq tent city
lost their tents and everything they owned, and cold, heavy rain is due
to arrive in DC on Thursday night.
This is also the second time a tent city in McPherson Square has been
violently assaulted by police. On Feb 4, 2012 US Park Police stormed
Occupy DC's camp at the same site, sparking a tough all day battle as
Occupy residents fought back.